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Bear Mountain, located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands, is BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) most recent area recognized for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  This rugged and scenic area is worthy of BLM RGFO administrative protections. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide excellent forage, range, and/or nesting for critical and valuable birds of prey such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. The Bear Mountain region also supports extraordinary biological features, including the largest known concentration of the globally imperiled species, the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, endemic to only Chaffee and Fremont Counties. However, this important area is bookended by motorized areas and illegal motorized encroachment is a real issue for local flora and fauna. Bear Mountain is deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. Stay tuned for next week, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands